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Past articles by Catherine:

Accel, Square Peg back Chronicle’s tool for presentations that won’t put you to sleep

You would expect the co-founder of a startup that improves on traditional slide presentations to hate tools like PowerPoint. But that’s not the case with Mayuresh Patole, the CEO of Chronicle. He says he loved PowerPoint and before becoming a founder, spent 10 years building presentations, including stints teaching university students how to make engaging […] → Read More

Strive gets backing from Y Combinator to show kids that coding is fun

Strive is an online learning platform that teaches kids to code, but it wants to do more than just that. Developed with an active learning model that lets students take the lead in classes, Strive wants to instill in them a lifelong love of STEM subjects. → Read More

Singapore-based Transcelestial uses lasers to build affordable internet networks

Transcelestial is on a mission to make the internet more accessible by building a network of shoebox-sized devices that send lasers to one another, creating a fiber-like network. Today, the Singaporean-based startup announced it has raised $10 million, with the goal of expanding its wireless laser communications system in Indonesia, India, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore […] → Read More

Singapore-based neobank Aspire raises $100M from Lightspeed and Sequoia SEA

Aspire, the Singapore-based neobank that wants to become the financial operating system for SMEs, has raised an oversubscribed $100 million Series C round. Investors included Lightspeed and Sequoia Capital SEA, along with Paypal, Tencent, LGT Capital Partners and returning investors. → Read More

Sequoia Capital Southeast Asia backs cross-border payments startup Tazapay

The rise in open banking and payment services like India’s UPI and Singapore’s PayNow means lower costs for businesses, as well as new payment options for hundreds of millions of customers in emerging markets who don’t own credit cards. Tazapay was created to combine both card and real-time payment methods as a full-stack service for […] → Read More

Fable Foods land Series A for its mushroom-based meat alternatives

The promise of alternative meat products has been under scrutiny lately, with articles in Bloomberg and the Washington Post questioning if it’ll ever be truly embraced by consumers. → Read More

Former Affirm exec Silvija Martincevic to lead shift work management platform Deputy

Silvija Martincevic, former chief commercial officer of Affirm, one of the U.S.’s biggest buy now, pay later startups, is leaving to become CEO of shift work management platform Deputy. Based in Australia, Deputy is focused on expanding in the United States and other countries, and Martincevic will oversee its growth strategy. She will also take a seat on Deputy’s board of directors. → Read More

The solo GP behind iSeed SEA launches his second fund for Southeast Asia

If you follow Southeast Asia funding, you’re probably familiar with iSeed SEA. Some of the startups the fund has invested in since it launched in 2020 include Dat Bike, Skuad and Upmesh. What you might not know, however, is that iSeed SEA is a solo GP fund. Now that solo GP, AngelList alum Wing Vasiksiri, is back with a new fund, called WV Fund II. → Read More

Sequoia Capital India backs Freightify’s vertical SaaS platform for freight forwarders

For freight forwarders, procuring pricing data for their customers usually involves going to multiple sources, and then consolidating information into spreadsheets. That’s time-consuming and complicated, especially since pricing data constantly changes. Freightify wants to make the process as simple as comparing airfare with its vertical SaaS platform. → Read More

MUFG, Japan’s largest bank, launches $100M fund for Indonesian startups

MUFG, Japan’s largest bank by market cap, announced today the launch of a $100 million fund focused on Indonesian startups. The fund, a collaboration between MUFG subsidiaries MUFG Innovation Partners, MUFG Bank and Indonesian commercial bank Danamon, is called MUFG Innovation Partners Garuda No. 1 Limited Investment Partnership. → Read More

Backed by Elevation Capital, helps companies execute OKRs

Developed by Andy Grove at Intel in the 1970s, OKR is now one of the most popular management methodologies. OKR, which stands for “objectives and key results,” helps companies achieve goals, including financial and operational targets. At places with a lot of employees, however, it can be hard to make sure everyone is on the […] → Read More

Southeast Asia farm-to-table startup Secai Marche raises Series A

Secai Marche, a farm-to-table fulfillment platform serving farmers in Japan and Southeast Asia, announced today it has raised 210 million Japanese yen (about $1.6 million USD) in Series A funding. The round included participation from venture capital firm The Agribusiness Investment and Consultation Co., Spiral Ventures Asia Fund I and Beyond Next Ventures. → Read More

Good Meat approved to sell serum-free cultivated meat in Singapore

Good Meat announced today it has received regulatory approval from the Singapore Food Agency to use serum-free media for the production of its cultivated meat. The brand, which is the cultivated meat division of U.S.-based food startup Eat Just, says it is the only cultivated meat producer in the world with the ability to sell […] → Read More

Komunal raises $8.5M to digitize Indonesia’s rural banks

Komunal is reaching out to Indonesia’s rural customers by going where they are. The fintech partners with more than 220 banks in tier 2 and tier 3 cities spread through 19 provinces. Founded in 2019, the startup announced today it has raised $8.5 million in funding led by East Ventures Growth Fund, with participation from […] → Read More

The Edit LDN raises seed round to serve sneakerheads around the world

Before founding The Edit LDN, Moses Rashid frequented sneaker festivals and exhibitions to buy limited edition shoes. But Rashid, who describes himself as a “huge sneakerhead,” was often disappointed by the shopping experience. “I found it crazy that I was dropping $850 on a pair of sneakers but I wouldn’t even get a bag to […] → Read More

Locad lands Series A to expand its “logistics engine” across Southeast Asia and Australia

When Constantin Robertz was working at Zalora, he was involved in moving warehouses six times as the e-commerce company outgrew its logistics infrastructure. This inspired him to co-found Locad, a logistics provider for omnichannel e-commerce companies that connects its network of third-party warehouses and shipping carriers with a cloud-based platform referred to its “logistics engine.” → Read More

Jakarta-based Mindtera helps companies keep an eye on employee morale

During the pandemic, Tita Ardiati and Bayu Puspito Bhaskoro began developing life coaching content to support employees who were increasingly burned out by working from home. They got a good enough reception that they decided to develop their product into an employee assistance program called Mindtera, which now serves more than 10,000 employees in Indonesia. → Read More

PasarPolis is now one of Indonesia’s first full-stack insurtechs

Indonesia’s PasarPolis is now able to underwrite its own products, making it one of Indonesia’s first full-stack insurtechs. This means PasarPolis will be able to offer new products and work with partners like Tokopedia, Gojek, Traveloka, Xiaomi and IKEA Indonesia to create custom insurance policies. → Read More

Singapore-based Supermom helps parenting brands navigate a post-cookie world

Supermom, a parenting platform with 20 million users in six Southeast Asian countries, offers parents price comparisons, communities and the chance to earn money by completing surveys. For brands, it gives them a way to conduct market research and collect first-party data, which is important as marketers prepare for a post-cookie world. → Read More

Backed by the National Institute on Aging, the a2 Pilot Awards fosters agetech entrepreneurship

There are now more Americans aged 65 and older than at any other point in history and that number is expected to rise, according to the National Institute on Aging (NIA). With longer lifespans come challenges like Alzheimer’s, which about one in nine of Americans aged 65 or older have. → Read More